IN THE VALLEY STATEMENT
Made within close proximity to the Chattahoochee Valley, a region which composes the southern portion of the border between Alabama and Georgia, these images are prompted by specific memories I have correlated with historical happenings from the region. This series brings together my own personal history, the chronicles of this region, and the rapidly evolving landscape that may one day conceal its own past. These photographs also utilize titles that reference previous occurrences. Occasionally the events alluded to in the works are part of the greater narrative of the area. For instance, the night Albert Patterson was found shot in a Phenix City, Alabama, alley, he was facing a particular brick wall. That same wall now painted over exhibits a more tranquil scene. More often, the images allude to a specific event from my childhood. A car-sized drainage ditch runs parallel to Cherokee Avenue in Columbus, Georgia, and I remember more than once, an automobile would inadvertently carry its driver tumbling down into the concrete pit. The images that emerge by photographing this valley depict a constantly shifting environment that is imbued with tragic histories and beguiling myths.
The photographic series entitled Supermoon is a collection of images and text based on the impact of the moon’s gravitational pull upon nature and human behavior. Supermoon utilizes photography’s evidentiary nature to depict objects, scenes, and metaphorical representations of the stories provided. Each story included in this series utilizes factual data such as specific dates and lunar distances, while local myth, criminal records, as well as hearsay provide the basis for the short form narratives found throughout the series.
"I met Adam at the LBM Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers and it was a bromance at first sight. On the last day, he gave me a copy of his self-published book and during my flight home, I finally got to sit down with Supermoon, a slim magazine-sized book that presents Forrester's evocative images that read simultaneously as police evidence photographs and scientific documents. The book collects together stories about the influence of the moon on daily life: from the mysterious disappearance of some pool water, to murder cases, to its effect on the eyes (and psyche) of famous astronomers. Even after a week of being surrounded by great storytellers, this still blew me away."
- Jim Reed, GUP Magazine
On November 26, 2011 at 10:02 A.M. E.S.T., NASA launched the Atlas V on a mission to transport the Curiosity Rover to Mars. Since the craft's successful landing on the surface of Mars on August 5, 2012, it has been photographing, drilling, brushing, and traversing its surface. This robotic feat of engineering acts as lone scout, photographing a planet that may have once held the capacity for life.
The images that return to Earth from Curiosity end up being placed within the context of what we know about our own planet. The panoramic views of Martian landscapes appear to be quite similar to the deserts of New Mexico. Gravel fragments found on Mars resemble gravel fragments found in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
This body of work utilizes NASA's monikers and language of description for the Martian terrain juxtaposed with my own images from Earth. These photographs allude to those produced by Curiosity and draw on the visual similarities of two celestial bodies to promote a greater understanding of both planets. This series, Yellowknife, is a reflection upon our relationship with both our own planet and Mars; it is an illumination of the marks we make through construction and deconstruction on and around a planetary surface.